Leaving so soon? ‘Failure to Adapt’ sends Soldiers packing Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
By Amy Newcomb
GUIDON staff
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Initial Entry Separations, covered by Army Regulation 635-200, are for Soldiers being chaptered out of the military who have served 180 days or less.

Ben Faughn, Garrison Command paralegal, said a commonly used IET separation action is called a Chapter 11 or Entry Level Performance and Conduct separation, and is often referred to as a ‘failure to adapt’ chapter.

A Chapter 11 deals with IET Soldiers who are to be separated on the grounds of unsatisfactory performance or conduct due to inability, lack of reasonable effort, failure to adapt to the military environment and minor disciplinary infractions.

Another commonly used chapter for IET Soldiers deals with medical fitness standards.

Chapter 5-11, or the separation of personnel who did not meet procurement medical fitness standards, are Soldiers who become medically disqualified due to a medical condition detected during training that would have either permanently or temporarily disqualified them at the time of entry into military service, Faughn said.
John Moody, 701st Military Police Battalion paralegal, said most of the Chapter 5-11 cases are knee, hip or other extremity issues the trainee had before enlistment which, if they had been disclosed, would have kept them out of the Army.

“There are a few that have mental health issues like separation anxiety or clinical issues that were never diagnosed,” Moody said. “On rare occasion we have even had female trainees determined as being pregnant prior to arrival. These all fall under chapter 5-11.”

Moody said the majority of separation cases he sees are for failure to meet standards, such as two record Army Physical Fitness Test failures or two consecutive weapons qualification failures, but every now and then he has a separation case because of misconduct.

“The minor misconduct cases are usually given several chances to overcome their issues, and if they choose not to overcome them, they must indicate that choice in writing to the unit commander,” Moody said.

The separation process begins with an IET Soldier’s first counseling, which is maintained at the unit level. From there, if the Soldier cannot overcome his or her deficiencies and the unit has met the rehabilitation or counseling requirements set by AR 635-200, the commander initiates separation, Faughn said.

Both Faughn and Moody said one of the most important issues with IET separation cases are meeting the established regulatory timelines.

“From the time the trainee signs the memo stating they acknowledge they are being separated, we have 14 days to forward the completed packet to Bldg. 470,” Moody said. “The transitions section in Bldg. 470 has three to five working days to process the trainee’s DD Form 214 and cut their discharge orders. It’s easy to lose sight of your timelines if you don’t have a good tracking system.”

Faughn said the separation process is complex, but as long as those directly involved in a Soldier’s separation ensure the guidelines are followed and met, the entire process can take about three to four weeks.

“The counseling and rehabilitation requirements cannot be emphasized enough,” Faughn said. “Soldiers have to be given the opportunity to overcome deficiencies before initiating separation and that is for the Soldiers’ benefit and the Army’s benefit.”
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